Last week, I had the immense pleasure of sampling some sweet pizza pie love at Plano’s newest pizza spot, Taverna Rossa. What a cute spot! The interior’s all rustic-feeling, with tons of wood furniture and accents, lovely strung-up lights and even antler adornments, all of which give the place a relaxed feel. Too, there’s a stage where Taverna Rossa hosts local music acts.
I moseyed up to the bar and sampled the Rossa Mule, their take on a Moscow Mule, except with fruit-infused bourbon instead of vodka. It was brilliant — quite spicy, thanks to the potent ginger beer. I’ll have another, bartender! And I did! My friend Dr. Lucy thoroughly enjoyed a Mule and later the Thyme’s Up, an herb-tinged cocktail brimming with tart grapefruit and berry flavors.
But it’s the pies you want to know about, right? Taverna Rossa keeps them thin-crust and crispy, with delightfully crusty edges. I sampled a number of exotic house varieties, including the Kona Fire Pie starring jalapenos, pineapple nuggets and cashews (!!!). Not quite my speed, but tasty, with some textural pizzazz from the nuts and heat from the peppers. Aloha! Really, my absolute favorite pie was the All-American, with pepperoni, Luscher’s sausage, turkey canadian bacon, bacon, fontina cheese and a house-blend mozzarella. Simple yet stupendous, it was a saucy, juicy, cheesy pie — everything I love in a pizza. Between the welcoming vibe and decor, the tasty cocktails and the hearty pizza, Taverna Rossa brings a cool new Italian-flavored hub to the northern ‘burbs.Read the rest
This past Sunday, the annual farm-to-fork foodie extravaganza Chefs for Farmers christened the crafter of what will be this year’s event’s signature cocktail.
At the Cocktail Mix-Off at Uptown watering hole The Standard Pour, seven of the city’s finest drinks slingers were invited to concoct an amazing drink using Maker’s Mark bourbon. Among the restos represented were FT33, Boulevardier and The Standard Pour itself. I sipped all kinds of heady, fresh, very inventive beverages ranging from tart and summery to spicy and seasonal.
Coming out ahead of the pack, however, was the very seasonal apple-heavy Steep Buzz by Boulevardier’s Eddie Eakin, also containing Earl Grey tea-infused honey syrup, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, apple bitters and lemon juice — complex, delish, and very comforting, thanks to the apple. And the bourbon, I won’t lie. Wink!
The win means Eddie’s drink will be the featured bev at Chefs for Farmers: Down & Dirty on the Boulevard, taking place Nov. 3 in Lee Park. As always, it will be a union of purveyors, ranchers and growers and the 40+ chefs who love and will cook up their products for foodie guests. Get your ticket here, and quickly — this event, in its fourth year, has a pesky tendency to sell out. It’s not to be missed if you love great, fresh food.Read the rest
Starting tomorrow, The Balvenie whisky label is offering you, Dallas, a chance to immerse yourself in a world of artisan crafts and fine spirit at The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection, a special exhibition.
The Hickory Street Annex will be home for the next two days to the best that the country’s most creative craftspeople have to offer. We’re talking furniture (such as the gorgeous chair above, by Danny Kamerath), instruments, even bikes and Ping-Pong tables, all curated for the collection by noted fashion designer Todd Snyder. While you’re taking in the splendid array of handcrafted creations in the gallery-like presentation, you can sip outstanding whisky and nibble on hors d’oeuvres — fabulous! Meantime, a lucky few registrants can get schooled on spirits in Scotch Whisky Master Classes taking place both nights of the exhibition.
The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection and the Master Classes are this Tuesday and Wednesday (the 10th and 11th) between 6 to 10 p.m., and while it’s open to the public, you have to RSVP to attend them, and the Classes have limited seating! Click here to learn more and RSVP. The collection and the fete altogether sound like an abundantly creative and illuminating experience — hope to see you there!Read the rest
Within mere minutes of the above scenario going down (ahhhh!), my cohorts and I were sauntering through the French Quarter on our way to the lavish Loews New Orleans. You’ll recall it was the sizzling-hot hotel I stayed at on my last NOLA visit, in March. I also was treated then to a spectacular lunch at the hotel’s Cafe Adelaide, which is where us three were headed for Saturday brunch this fine day.Read the rest
Greetings, chickadees! Just wanted to share the luscious food porn I collected at last week’s quite excellent Hand-crafted Cocktail Dinner celebrating Ruth Chris Steak House‘s New Orleans roots.
Overall, the food was even more glorious than my mouth expected, and that’s saying a lot, because knowing Ruth’s Chris, I set my bar pretty high. The incredible, French Quarter-inspired cocktails were paired so thoughtfully and featured spirits ranging from Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey out of upstate New York to Reyka Vodka from Iceland. Guests were greeted in a private dining space by Ruth’s Chris’ Fort Worth bar manager Brian Garrett and by William Grant and Sons National Brand Ambassador Charlotte Voisey, who spoke about each food and bev pairing via video. Soon the meal and the heady pleasures began!
Here, take a look at what we feasted on and let your
envy taste buds take you over …
Hope your eyes loved it as much as my mouth did! Kudos to Ruth’s Chris Fort Worth!Read the rest